Rough cost of train ticket w/o Swiss Travel Pass

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new member
Jun 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Hi. I'll be visiting Switzerland for 5 days and I will be buying a 4-days pass. My itinerary is as follows:

Day 1:

Paris - Lausanne - Zermatt

Day 2:

Zermatt - St. Moritz -Lucerne

Day 3:

Lucerne - Mt Titlis

Day 4:

Lucerne - Interlaken

Day 5:

Lucerne - Zurich - Zurich Airport

My problem is I only have a 4 days pass. So what I'm planning to do is buy a TGV train ticket from Paris to Lausanne. Then use my Swiss Travel Pass to go to Zermatt. So my last day to use the Swiss Travel Pass would be on Day 4.

So I'm planning to buy a ticket from Alpnach (where I'll be staying) to Zurich but the SBB site won't allow me to see the train fare 3 months in advance (I'll be going at the end of September). Do you know roughly how much the train fare is from Alpnach - Zurich and from Zurich - Zurich airport during that period? In addition, since our flight is at night, we're planning to explore Zurich before going to the airport. Will it be possible to explore Zurich on foot since we can't use the Travel Pass anymore?


5525 posts
Jun 26, 2015 - 10:44 PM in reply to skeletonwork

Check the fare costs for a nearer date. That will give you a good idea.. They don't change much, but sometimes the train schedules do.

Be sure you double check whether or not the fare you see is with or without a half fare card ("Halbtax"), as follows:

Since everyone in Switzerland has a "Halbtax", the SBB may automatically quote fares with discount. Not sure... work your way through a trial purchase or send a note to SBB customer service ...they'll quote you a fare for various journeys.

A 30 day Half fare Card purchased when you enter Switzerland costs 120 CHF. Excursion trains don't get the same discount...the discount works on any transport from population center to population center, but not for excursion to places like the Jungfrau. You might get a small discount on that line. You'll get a break on trains, city trams, boats, most cable cars to population centers, etc.

You can compare that withe Swiss Pass if you want added costs under the same "population center" constraints. Thus, free rides on trains, buses, boats, cable cars, etc.

5525 posts
Jun 26, 2015 - 10:48 PM in reply to skeletonwork

<<"Will it be possible to explore Zurich on foot since we can't use the Travel Pass anymore?">>

You can explore Zürich on foot, or buy a few tram tickets for the excellent local transport network. The city is compact, and as long as you don't go far afield, you will not need to use the trams. But, they are convenient.

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expert &
Jun 27, 2015 - 10:29 AM

Hi skeletonwork and Slowpoke!

Just to avoid any misunderstandings: the Swiss Half Fare Card Arno mentioned includes a 50% discount on mountain trains and cable cars too. This also applies to the entire Jungfraujoch trip. Urban transportation in major towns is 50% off as well. The Swiss Half Fare Card validity page allows you to either study a downloadable map or review the list of main attractions that are covered. Purchase options are listed here.

As for the SBB timetable: you can enter your journey, choose a connection and click 'Fare/Buy'. The SBB usually won't show a price before you've selected whether or not you have a reduction option. Select 'No reduction' to see full fares, select 'Half-fare travelcard' in order to see the 50% discounted fares that would apply to Swiss Half Fare Card holders.

Last modified on Jun 27, 2015 - 10:35 AM by Annika
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new member
Jun 27, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Thanks for the reply!

If I were to take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt using my Swiss Travel Pass:

1) Can I hop on any train as long as it goes to Zermatt? There's no need for seat reservation isn't it?

2) How do I use the Swiss Travel Pass? Do I get on the train and the train conductor will check the pass and stamp it or something?

After I reach St. Moritz, I'll be taking the "Klosters" to Lucerne. Is that some kind of train? I can use my Swiss Travel Pass too isn't it?


Last modified on Jun 27, 2015 - 12:02 PM by skeletonwork
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expert &
Jun 27, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Hi skeletonwork,

1) Yes, any train is fine and you don't need to book seats.

2) Please click "How to use" on our Swiss Travel Pass page.

3) Klosters is a village with a train station. You can travel from St. Moritz via Klosters to Lucerne.

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